Another Successful Year of Great Results at St Brendan’s

A-level Results 2015

St Brendan’s Sixth Form College is celebrating another year of great A-level results.  It is the only Sixth Form College and the biggest A-level provider in the Bristol-Bath region and a total of 690 of its students sat A-level exams this summer.

This year the A-level pass rate was an impressive 97.3%, with over 70.2% of students achieving A*- C grades in their exams. St Brendan’s provides students with a huge choice of over 50 A-level courses, and this year 30 of those subjects are boasting a 100% pass rate.

Michael Jaffrain (Principal) commented; “These results, together with the 100% achievement in the International Baccalaureate and the Extended Project Qualification, and the overall 99.4% BTEC passes, are outstanding. Our excellence in academic results combined with high quality support and a whole range of opportunities inside and outside of the classroom provide an ideal platform for our students’ futures and we wish them all the best for their life after College” 

A large number of students have excelled in all of their respective subjects and 21 of them are toasting the fact that they have been awarded A*s or A grades for three or more of their A-level subjects. Jenny Chambers, Elliot Maidstone and Alice Cave are amongst St Brendan’s star performers this year and have all secured 3 A* top grades in their A-levels.

Jenny, a former pupil of St Mark’s School in Bath, achieved her 3 A*s in Further Maths, Physics and Product Design. These results along with a fourth A* which she earned in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), have earned her a place at Cambridge University to study Architecture. Elliot, a former pupil of Oasis Academy Brislington achieved his A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Geography, and will now move onto The University of Bristol to study Biochemistry. Alice, a former pupil of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, scored her 3 A*s in Fine Art, Graphics and Photography, and will now progress to Norwich University of the Arts.

Identical twins Brooklyn and Madison Halladay were also amongst the College’s top achievers. Both of these former Chipping Sodbury School students studied exactly the same subjects at A-level – English Language, English Literature and History, along with the EPQ, and both achieved all A*s and As in their results. The two will now progress together to the University of Birmingham where they will both be studying English and Creative Writing.

Not all students are heading on to University though, many are also taking a Gap Year or moving on to a range of apprenticeships. Friends and officers on this year’s Students’ Union, Michelle Udoh and Fiona Sim are going to spend the next year doing some invaluable and selfless work on a CAFOD gap year. CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and works with local churches across the world to combat poverty and injustice. Meanwhile, Media student Phoebe Smart is delighted to have secured a job with 3AAA Recruitment - after impressing consultants at the firm so much when meeting to discuss her apprenticeship options, they recruited her themselves to work as an IT Apprentice and she has already started her Foundation Degree in ICT.

Michael Jaffrain finished by commenting, “We will stay in touch with our 2015 A-level cohort of students through our Alumni Association so that we can continue to support them and in turn have them share their success with future cohorts of St Brendan’s Sixth Form College students.”

A-Level Results Day 2015

A-Level Results Day 2015

Leavers Assembly 2015

The college came together on the last Friday of term in a celebration of achievement and ambition, as we said goodbye and good luck to our Second Years who leave to embark upon exciting new adventures. The day started with the annual Leaver’s Awards, which aim to recognise students’ hard work throughout their time at St Brendan’s. Selected by their teachers, 30 students took to the stage to a huge round of applause and were awarded by their very proud teachers. This year, the Students’ Union also wanted to recognise teachers and members of staff who have really made a difference to college life. As voted for by the students of St Brendan’s, the very delighted Science teacher Jo Lewthwaite won Teacher of the Year, followed by Staff Member of the Year, Mattia Pace. Congratulations to all who won awards, it was very hard for most teachers to pick a single winner from some incredibly talented groups.

Once the awards were over, the large marquee transformed into a festival-style tent which was professional enough to rival Glastonbury! Complete with hay bales and blankets, the flower garland-wearing students enjoyed an afternoon of music performances, dancing and magic! Showcasing the amazing talent which resides and develops at St Brendan’s, staff and students alike enjoyed hours of flawless entertainment from their peers. Outside of the marquee, the fun continued with face painting, sumo wrestling, bubble football and food stalls which ranged from candyfloss to Jamaican delicacies - there was a fantastic festival spirit which filled the St Brendan’s campus -the sun even shone to make the day that extra bit special!

Special congratulations and well done to this year’s Students’ Union, who worked incredibly hard to make the day enjoyable for all. The group arranged, designed and advertised everything from scratch whilst also working hard at their studies - a very impressive team who have set a fantastic example to the new SU; another committee who are very determined to do a great job!

After two years of hard work, dedication and wonderful memories, we say goodbye to our second year students and wish them good luck in their exams. We hope to hear all about your achievements and new journeys as you embark upon some very exciting and ambitious careers!